Distractions

Top distractions identified by CAA/AAA:

  • Outside object/person/event — 29.9%
  • Adjusting radio/CD — 11.4%
  • Other vehicle occupants — 10.9%
  • Something moving in the car — 4.3%
  • Using another object/device — 2.9%
  • Adjusting car's climate controls — 2.8%
  • Eating/drinking — 1.7%
  • Cellular phones — 1.5%

Common in-vehicle distractions:

  • Passengers and conversation
  • Active passengers (animals or children)
  • Personal communication devices
  • Computers, information and navigation systems
  • Listening to vehicle stereo
  • Reading road/street signs and advertising
  • Locating addresses (reading map or directions)
  • Smoking
  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking
  • Adjusting vehicle controls (AC, heat, music, etc.)
  • Electronic vehicle comfort features

Common outside-vehicle distractions:

  • Pedestrians
  • Other vehicles and cyclists
  • Other driver behavior/actions
  • Construction (road/building)
  • Collision sites and emergency vehicles
  • Street noise (siren, horns, etc.)
  • Scenery

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